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Please tell me what causes bulging veins in your feet and hands?

Please tell me what causes bulging veins in your feet and hands?

Veins: Unfortunately , a bit more history is needed. See your family doc or vascular specialist. ...Read more

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Hands and veins very swollen and painful. My hands and feet often swell (due to stimulants?) but this is extreme. Veins on hands bulge more than feet

Hands and veins very swollen and painful. My hands and feet often swell (due to stimulants?) but this is extreme. Veins on hands bulge more than feet

Discuss w/ provider: The provider who prescribed the stimulants needs to know about this symptom and consider if it is a side effect or something else. In any case, that can lead to a corrective plan. Perhaps alternatives to long term stimulants can be found - they play rough w/ bodies over time. Call ASAP and best wishes for resolving this. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have bulging veins in your feet, legs, arms, hands if you are skinny and fit for the most part? I'm 24 year old male 158lbs 5"11

Is it normal to have bulging veins in your feet, legs, arms, hands if you are skinny and fit for the most part? I'm 24 year old male 158lbs 5"11

Yes: Skinny people have less subcutaneous fat which makes veins more visible. Men tend to have bigger more noticeable veins and physically active people have larger veins to handle the volume of blood required to oxygenate active peripheral muscle in the body. So active men have bigger veins generally than inactive men and most women and in skinny people veins are more apparent. You are normal. ...Read more

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I have buldging hard veins in the tops of my hands and top/bottom of my feet made worse by physical activity (eg biking) and also worse at night?

I have buldging hard veins in the tops of my hands and top/bottom of my feet made worse by physical activity (eg biking) and also worse at night?

Hard to say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person. Veins get bigger with more use. They can scar if they are injured, but thin athletic people who use their limbs typically have veins that are big and stand out without anything being wrong. ...Read more

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My veins on both hands are usually noticable. Lately, they haven't been showing as much. It's only a slight bulge. Now, I can't see them. is that bad?

My veins on both hands are usually noticable. Lately, they haven't been showing as much. It's only a slight bulge. Now, I can't see them. is that bad?

Gravity big effect: on vein filling & visibility. In good light, look for veins on back of hand while holding hand as far as possible below heart level for a minute or two. Next, slowly raise same hand as far as possibly above heart while carefully watching your veins to see what happens. Vein blood pressure to low to push blood back to heart, thus veins fill below heart. When above heart, they empty/flatten rapidly. ...Read more

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Unslightly bulging veins on hands-what's the cause?

Unslightly bulging veins on hands-what's the cause?

Probably normal: Usually, these are just normal veins. If they shrink when the hand is raised, don't hurt, & are soft, there is most likely no problem. If there is swelling of the arm, pain, redness, or the veins are firm, further evaluation should be done for clot or infection. They can be treated with sclerotherapy to improve appearance if desired. ...Read more

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@ 2 months ago a vein in left hand has been bulging @ 1/4" and is painful to the touch, today another vein on left hand is now sensitive. Suggestions?

@ 2 months ago a vein in left hand has been bulging @ 1/4" and is painful to the touch, today another vein on left hand is now sensitive. Suggestions?

Thrombophlebitis: Superficial veins can develop clots in them called "superficial thrombophlebtitis" -- this is typically not dangerous, and should get better with Motrin and warm compresses. ...Read more

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Bulging veins on top of hands cause?

Bulging veins on top of hands cause?

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary . Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of women that i see with bulging hand veins. They can be easily treated with laser or sclerotherapy and usually a combination of both. ...Read more

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Can there be some way to relieve enlarged veins in the hands and feet?

Can there be some way to relieve enlarged veins in the hands and feet?

Compression: You can wear both compression stockings/socks and compression gloves. They may relieve symptoms related to the enlarged veins. Elevating your legs and decreasing salt intake may help as well. ...Read more

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